Zack Quaintance

Associate Editor

Zack Quaintance is the associate editor for Government Technology. His background includes writing for daily newspapers across the country and developing content for a software company in Austin, Texas. He is now based in Washington, D.C. He can be reached via email.

Plus, Boston offers free public transit to test financial incentives’ influence over commuter behavior, San Diego expands its free Wi-Fi program to 300 new locations, and more.
Plus, San Francisco is hiring for multiple roles, a report examines the world of intergovernmental software co-ops, and a new organization has called on the Biden administration to create a local innovation unit.
Chief Technology Officer and Deputy CITO Stacy Mill brings her many years of tech experience to Kansas to boost security, modernize legacy systems and encourage broadband accessibility.
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Chief Technology Officer, Portland, Ore.
Director of Digital Inclusion, Detroit
Technologists who have worked for and with the government say the change in presidential administrations has sparked new interest in public-sector tech efforts, and the moment is perfect for it.
Plus, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance announces its Net Inclusion 2021 Webinar Series programming, a new tech policy clinic at Princeton aims to connect researchers with policymakers, and more.
Plus, Philadelphia’s Digital Literacy Alliance has announced its winter 2020 grant cycle recipients, NYC overhauls its online vaccine finder platform and NYC releases a new broadband-related RFP.
Mayors and others involved with local government from across the globe convened online this week for the preeminent local government conference, during which equity was perhaps the most omnipresent focus of attention.
Illinois’ state government is one of several agencies taking a data and analytics-driven approach to messaging around COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts, similar to the same efforts for the U.S. Census.
Experts, vendors and local government officials on designing online services in an accessible way while at the same time working toward community-wide banking equity.
Plus, Philadelphia announces new pilot projects that will be supported by the city’s innovation fund, the Harvard Kennedy School releases a new step-by-step RFP guide for local governments and more!
Plus, the NSF named 52 teams as Civic Innovation Challenge awardees; Anchorage, Alaska, launches a financial navigator to help residents impacted by the pandemic; and the USDR is offering pro-bono vaccine rollout support.
Plus, the Federal Chief Data Officers Council has launched a new website with an absolutely perfect URL, the U.S. Treasury tapes artificial intelligence to help parse spending bills faster and more.
Plus, an open source tool tracks first 100 days in office for new Baltimore mayor; Baton Rouge, La., releases an open data policy report with plans for expansion, and Houston looks to hire a new CDO.
Plus, a new Kentucky state website allows visitors to test the speed of their connections, Miami has launched a new app to enable business licensing online via smartphones or computers, and more.
Plus, one of President Biden’s early executive orders calls for establishing an equitable data working group, the WhiteHouse.Gov analytics site gets an update for the first time in years, and more.
Plus, Code for America names Emily K. Tracy as chief revenue officer; the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge focuses on ideas stemming from COVID-19; City Innovate shares its STIR Lab partnerships; and more.
Plus, Code for America condemns the attack on the U.S. Capitol; the U.S. State Department adds its first permanent chief data officer position; and Congress directs FCC to create emergency broadband funds.
Plus, Michigan’s central IT shop has now released new data about its work helping with the pandemic response, the University of Kansas shares its 54th edition of a statewide data set, and more.
Plus, Philadelphia launches a new used technology donation program aimed at helping to close the digital divide, a federal agency releases hospital-level facility data related to COVID, and more.
Plus, Code for America expands its focus on taxes with a new leadership hire, a new Pew Charitable Trusts analysis examines how much broadband speed is needed for American households, and more.
Plus, Seattle IT is now accepting applications for its long-standing Technology Matching Fund grants program, Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center wins TIME 2020 invention award, and more.
Plus, New York City announces winning projects for its civic tech contest around protecting tenant rights; MasterCard extends its City Possible network; Boston revamps its online housing assistance platform; and more.
A civic tech fellowship that was born out of crisis response earlier this year has now lead to nearly half a dozen successful digitization projects in New York City, with no sign of slowing down.
Plus, the NDIA reaches a new 500-affiliate milestone amid a crisis that emphasizes importance of its work; Pittsburgh groups to host a month of GIS events; and Delaware has launched a COVID-19 alert app.
Plus, Colorado’s contract tracing app is seeing large buy-in from users within the state, the U.S. Digital Response publishes a social media playbook for government, and how to map election turnout change data.
Turlock joins several other law enforcement agencies in that area of California and beyond in adopting a technology with two key purposes: to help gather evidence of crimes and to build trust with the public.
Plus, New York City is relaunching its Neighborhood Challenge initiative to benefit small businesses, a new report notes that government agencies benefit from collective wisdom for COVID-19 problems, and more.